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Parkland Announces New Scholarship Management System

Parkland launches Scholarship Manager

Parkland College will be launching a new online scholarship program that will allow students to apply faster, easier, and to more scholarships, with just one application.

Scholarship Manager works by a having each student fill out a single application ("Parkland College Scholarship Application"), which will match them with scholarships they are eligible for through the Parkland College Foundation. This way, students can avoid having to fill out multiple applications and will have access to more aid opportunities. The program also contains an online letter of recommendation feature to allow for easier management of scholarship materials as well as online notification and distribution of awards. Supplemental essays will also be handled through the system. 

To take advantage of the new system, visit Students must fill out the Parkland College Scholarship Application to be matched with scholarships. Scholarship applications are taken twice a year, once per semester. Applicants will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation and an essay. Once the Parkland College Scholarship Application is submitted, the Parkland College Foundation committee will appoint the scholarships and notify the winners.

Applications for fall 2020 scholarships are due May 6, 2020. Applications for spring 2021 scholarships are due October 30, 2020.

Students will be notified if scholarships require additional information. For need-based scholarships, they must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at All applicants must be admitted Parkland students to apply for scholarships. Visit to apply.  

For questions or more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217/351-2222 or

Registration Now Open For Fall 2020 Semester

Fall classes start the week of August 23

Open registration for Parkland College Fall Semester 2020 starts April 6. See a full listing of available courses at

Fall semester classes begin the week of August 23 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later. We anticipate the return of in-person instruction by this time. 

See the Registration Guide for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Due to the current coronavirus crisis, academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing For a listing of registration steps, please visit

Register by August 23 for classes that begin August 24, by September 13 for classes that begin September 14, and by October 18 for classes that begin October 19. 

Summer Session 2020 Registration Underway

Open registration for Summer 2020 starts March 30, new online classes begin May 18

Open registration for Parkland College's Summer Session 2020 starts March 30, with a new set of classes beginning online Monday, May 18. 

Since the college continues to practice social distancing in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all summer 2020 classes will remain in the current online format. 

Parkland College is ready to assist and support students who may need help accessing and navigating online education. A call center for questions is available at 217/351-2200, and faculty will connect with students before classes begin, providing detailed instructions for using the Cobra Learning classroom environment.

Register by May 17 for the session that starts May 18, by June 14 for classes that begin June 15 and by July 12 for classes that begin July 13. 

Visit for a list of specific courses and the Registration Guides page for dates, deadlines, and other important information.

Parkland Preview to Help Students Explore Career Interests

March 27 event includes free career assessments, breakout sessions, tour

Parkland College is calling all high school seniors! Join us for a special "Parkland Preview" event on Friday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 pm in the Student Union. 

The Parkland Preview allows prospective and admitted students to explore their major with the instructors and staff of Parkland's transfer and career programs. Free career assessments will be offered during the event to help students who are undecided about their major identify their strengths.

Breakout sessions highlighting financial aid, scholarships, and the Parkland experience from a student's perspective will round out the available opportunities. Near the close of the Parkland Preview, students will have the option to take a tour of campus, talk with an admissions advisor, or make further appointments with career counseling.
Students may register for this event at or by calling 217/351-2482.

Parkland College Midterm Classes Available for Full Credit

Spring semester midterm courses begin on Monday, March 9

A variety of spring-semester midterm courses at Parkland College will begin on Monday, March 9. All courses provide full college credit for successful completion within an eight-week period.

Subject areas include art, music, biology, communications, computer science, health careers, kinesiology, theatre, welding, and more.

The deadline to register is Sunday, March 8. For more information on midterm classes at Parkland, call 217/351-2482 or visit Those interested in applying to Parkland College may visit for more information.